September 25th, 2016

Bromsgrove GPs say workload ‘often unmanageable’

Bromsgrove GPs say workload ‘often unmanageable’ Bromsgrove GPs say workload ‘often unmanageable’
Updated: 12:20 pm, Mar 11, 2016

ACCORDING to new research by the British Medical Association (BMA), GP practices in Bromsgrove have said their workload is ‘often unmanageable’ while quality of service has ‘deteriorated.’

On the plus side Bromsgrove GPs have rated the financial viability of their practices as ‘reasonable’ – while few have plans to retire or leave.

Information about GP practices in Bromsgrove was retrieved from the BMA’s ‘heat map.’

The infographic illustrates the impact on general practice across England, Scotland and Wales.

Jan Butterworth Director of Primary Care for NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group said: “All GP Practices are having to cope with an increase in demand for appointments, as our population is living longer and many patients are having to manage several long term conditions.

“Bromsgrove is fortunate to have stable practices which continue to provide good quality services, as demonstrated by the latest GP patient survey.

“In April the CCG will be responsible for directly commissioning and managing GP medical services, which will give more opportunities to benefit patients and practices.”

New research by the BMA published just last week also revealed 300 practices across the UK face closure.

The survey of 2,830 practices showed almost half also face an exodus of GPs from the NHS.

Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA GP committee chair, said: “GP practices are facing this dire situation because they are being overwhelmed by rising patient demand, cuts to funding, staff shortages and more unfunded work moved from hospitals into the community.

“It is unsurprising GPs are considering leaving the NHS, a situation undoubtedly worsened by the Government’s appalling handling of the junior doctor contract.”

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